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12 April 2001 Edition

April showers bring forth IRA flowers

12 April 2001

Oh boy, oh boy. Some times you just have to pinch yourself when confronted by the surreal world of unionism. If it wasn't so sickening it would be comical. Free article

The right to say No

12 April 2001

One of the very first provisions of the Nice Treaty includes proposals for taking decisions by majority voting, or what is called in EU speak a ``qualified majority''. The selling point' of this idea, if indeed that's the right term, is that there will be no simple majorities of 50% plus one. In the provisions of the Nice Treaty it proposes that after 2005 in order to win a vote you need the support of 71.31% of the EU council, or 169 out of 237 votes. Free article

Cuban solidarity groups meet

12 April 2001

On Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 April, Cuban solidarity groups from across Northern Europe met in Dublin. Once a year, these organisations assemble in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Britain or Ireland to co-ordinate their work, exchange experiences and to plan for the year ahead. The primary aim of these annual conferences is to organise working brigades to Cuba. Every year, two North European Brigades travel to the Caribbean country. Also discussed was the political, educational, and humanitarian work that solidarity organisations undertake. Free article

An Phoblacht Magazine


  • The first edition of this new magazine will feature a 10 page special on the life and legacy of our leader Martin McGuinness to mark the first anniversary of his untimely passing.
  • It will include a personal reminiscence by Gerry Adams and contributions from the McGuinness family.
  • There will also be an exclusive interview with our new Uachtarán Mary Lou McDonald.

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12 April 2001

THE thousands of votes cast on Thursday for Hunger Striker Bobby Sands by the nationalist people of Fermanagh/South Tyrone constitute invaluable political recognition for the cause of the h-Block blanket men and Armagh women in their fight for political prisoner status, whatever the final outcome of the by-election contest. Free article

Foot and ball

12 April 2001

Just when we thought it was safe to disband our Men's Crochet Pattern Groups and return to sanity and the hallowed sward of Jones's Road, Mary Harney had to put her foot in it. Free article

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